Meaning: An impossible dream or fantasy
Frequency of Use: Medium
Possible Origin: It refers to a dream that a person can experience when smoking an opium pipe. If one prefers, there are other similar expressions without the drug reference including “when pigs fly” or “a pie in the sky.”
You are about the graduate from college, and you would like to work at Google as a computer engineer. However, getting a job there seems like a pipe dream because Google only accepts a handful of new employees to work in your area. You have a job interview in three days, and you find out that there are about 100 applicants for only five positions. What will you do to prepare for the interview to increase your chances of getting the job?
“I would probably come up with a list of 20 possible interview questions that I might be asked. Then, I would prepare a list of 10 questions to ask the company. All of this preparation should help.”
Sometimes, learners know the meaning of an idiom, but they don’t know how to use it correctly in conversation or writing. Thus, this activity checks your grammatical accuracy with the idiom so you become more confident in using it.